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ME REX Announces EP ‘Triceratops’, Signs to Big Scary Monsters + Shares New Single ‘Stellar Abattoir’

August 9, 2020

ME REX signs to Big Scary Monsters and announces two forthcoming EPs

‘Triceratops’ EP out 28th August

Sometimes taking a break is the only way to reignite a passion. Having immersed himself in music from a young age, South London’s ME REX, aka Myles McCabe, saw early success with previous bands, but quickly became disillusioned with the music industry alongside an addiction to alcohol and battling mental health issues. However, the artist came into his own when he first began experimenting with electronic bedroom pop in 2018 in the solitude of his own home, leading to supports with the likes of Jeffrey Lewis and the Voltage, Chris Farren, and Onsind and tours in the UK and Europe with his constantly evolving new project. Now, he announces a forthcoming series of EPs, starting with ‘Triceratops’, out 28th August on his new label Big Scary Monsters. Now he shares new track Stellar Abattoir, taken from the EP.

bsmrocks · ME REX – Stellar Abattoir

Talking about the track, Myles McCabe, the founder of the project, said: “It’s partly inspired by this quote from “The Expelled” by Samuel Beckett: “I don’t know why I told this story. I could just as well have told another. Perhaps some other time I’ll be able to tell another. Living souls, you will see how alike they are.”

A completely indulging new release, the instrumentation consumes the audience, a vibrant blanket ready to compliment the infectious lyrical journey that shines throughout. When the lyrics pause the instrumentation heightens and the intensity propels- together, the perfect fit for a hit. “Stellar Abattoir” is a cathartic orchestration in its entirety, the resemblance to Los Campesinos is present at the start of the instrumentation in the story-telling concept before the vocal attributes alter with the dynamic rhythms.

With the reflective lyrics and the passionate melodic beat- the result captivates the audience and moves them with such passion it feels like you experience a sincere and honest epiphany. This is a vivacious and vital listen.

With his band (Phoebe Cross (Happy Accidents/Cheerbleederz), Rich Mandell (Happy Accidents) and Kathryn Woods (Fresh/Cheerbleederz)) the artist has seen ME REX morph into an exciting collaborative project. Taking inspiration from the instantly definable electronics of WHY? and lyrical prowess of Los Campesinos, ME REX makes music that channels conflicting emotions, painted with unique and delicate flourishes yet at its core bearing a depth of emotion that’s so potent, it feels as though it may only just be scratching the surface of what’s to come from the promising songwriter. 

It’s a story that I came across just as I was starting out the project and Stellar Abattoir was one of the first songs I wrote as ME REX. My reality had changed quite a lot in a short space of time. I felt distant from the people in my life, I felt unsure about my own identity and future. This idea of allowing disparate thoughts to distil into a narrative without any specific goal in mind was helpful to me. I wrote it deliberately so that it would make as much sense with a full arrangement as it did with just an acoustic guitar.”

Graduating from home produced music, their upcoming EPs were recorded at Resident Studios in North London with band member Rich Mandell at the helm; allowing ME REX the opportunity to explore musical concepts as a musical unit, shaping material that touches on themes of friendship, forgiveness, joy, dinosaurs and mental health wrapped in sombre melodies. 

“I like to include jokes and wordplay because I enjoy writing these things in, but also to undercut the idea that this kind of thing can only be discussed in strictly sombre terms. The process of developing my own health and recovery is for me a joyful one and I think that should be reflected when talking about it. I like to make my verses quite dense with ideas and images, so that a listener might not be able to take it all in at once. This leaves them to draw connections between the ideas that do stick out, this can give more space for interpretations that will change over repeat listens.”

ME REX may only just be beginning their journey, but they are already one of the most forward thinking and exciting new bands around, coming together to create something that resonates on several levels; sparking joy, hope and reflection with a collection of songs that are achingly poignant.


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